San Francisco events in February 2017 include Finding Neverland at the Orpheum Theater, Golden State Warriors basketball games, and the Chronicle Wine Tasting event. This is also the month for the Chinese New Year's Parade & Festival, the SF Writer's Conference, and the ZAP Wine Festival.
On my insider's guide to Valentine's Day, you will find plenty of ways to spoil your sweetie, from the best places for dinner to other romantic ways to spend the weekend. Read on for more ideas on the best things to do this month in SF!
The biggest theater production and one of the most anticipated San Francisco events in February is the Broadway hit Finding Neverland at the Orpheum Theater. Based on the Academy Award-winning film, this heartwarming musical tells the story of how Peter became Pan. The story involves a struggling playwright who becomes captivated by four boys' enchanting make-believe adventures (and their attractive widowed mother) and ends up taking a monumental leap of faith into the world of childhood wonder.
Dates: January 18 - February 12
Tickets: On sale now for all dates
You'll find Warriors pride all over the SF Bay Area in support of the team that made it to the NBA Finals the last two years in a row. Join in on the hype at one of the five home games this month at the Oakland Coliseum. Watch them take on the Charlotte Hornets, the Chicago Bulls, the Sacramento Kings, the Los Angeles Clippers, and the Brooklyn Nets. This is one of the San Francisco events in February you do not want to miss!
Dates: Several in February
Tickets: On sale for all games this month now
If you get tired of Hollywood blockbuster movies and appreciate a good independent film, these first two weeks of February in San Francisco are a real treat. The annual SF Indie Fest, now in its 19th year, celebrates independent, alternative films and filmmakers. During these two weeks, you'll have the chance to watch nearly 80 original works, mostly screened at the Brava Theater and the Roxie Theater in SF.
Dates: February 2 - 16
Learn more: Get the festival details including movie lineup
Check out the 21st annual Berlin & Beyond film festival, a gateway for the American public to see and experience the German-speaking world. The films come from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and beyond, offring a truly diverse program about the cultures, art, history, and progress of those regions. The films include shorts, features, and documentaries, and will be shown throughout the day each day of the festival at the historic Castro Theater.
Dates: February 3 - 8
Learn more: Read more about the festival on their page
Goldstar is the first place I look for discounts on event and tour tickets. Here are just a few of the tickets they have available this month at a discount of up to 50% off.
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SF Beer Week kicks off with the Opening Gala at Pier 48 on Friday, February 10. The event features more than 30 San Francisco Brewrs Guild members, plus dozens more Northern California craft breweries. Throughout the following week, you're invited to taste beers at many different locations throughout the Bay Area, from Santa Cruz in the south, all the way up to Santa Rosa. There will also be several Meet the Brewers nights in different SF neighborhoods.
Dates: February 10 - 19
Learn more: Find out more about SF Beer Week
The Chinese New Year celebration in San Francisco is a long running tradition that boasts one of the biggest parades of its kind in the world. Held in the vibrant Chinatown community, the festivities include lion dancers, giant dragons, traditional drums and firecrackers, colorful decorations, and much more. In addition to the parade, you'll find the Miss Chinatown USA pageant, a flower market, a 10K run, and other activities for several weeks.
Dates: Parade (February 11), All Events (January 21 - February 19)
Spring is almost here, and the garden is in full bloom at Pier 39! If you love looking at, learning about, and gardening your own vibrant flowers, you'll love taking a stroll or a free guided tour through this seasonal garden with more than 39,000 colorful tulips in bloom. So head over to Fisherman's Wharf, take in the waterfront breeze, and enjoy some outdoor activities!
Dates: February 11 - 26
What's your idea of the perfect date night? Whatever it is, you're sure to find it in San Francisco so you and your sweetheart can enjoy a memorable February 14 in the City by the Bay. Click the link below to discover a list of restaurants that offer special Valentine's Day menus, as well as dinner cruises, live performances, dance parties, and the most romantic bars and hotels in the city.
Date: Tuesday, February 14 & surrounding weekends
If you haven't booked your hotels yet, then make sure to check out these great deals before you do! Each website offers a variety of discounts from free parking to a % off each night you stay. Click the links below for more details and start saving today!
This is the 9th year of the Salsa Rueda Festival in SF, an annual encounter of legendary instructors, Latin musicians and DJs, and dance enthusiasts of all levels. Join in on the fun at Hotel Whitcomb for four days of dancing, performances, live music, workshops, a beginner bootcamp, lectures, and late night parties. Dance styles include rueda, salsa, casino, folklore, rumba, son, and more. This is one of the San Francisco events in February that is always over President's Day Weekend.
Dates: February 16 - 19
A fantastic way to explore San Francisco is on foot. But it's a big, diverse city with so many pockets, how can you be sure to hit all the highlights and hidden treasures? Luckily, the SF Public Library offers a plethora of FREE informative, guided walking tours--of specific districts, attractions, and themes.
You will find several San Francisco events in February on each day of the month. Popular ones include the Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of Fine Arts, Japanese Tea Garden, Chinatown, and North Beach, just to name a few. There are also tours that focus on Victorian homes, art deco architecture, Gold Rush history, and the legacy of the 1906 earthquake and fire.
Dates: Every day in February
This is one of the San Francisco events in February that is a special treat for those who love writing--the 14th Annual Writers Conference. Seek advice from over 100 bestselling authors, literary agents, editors, and publishers from major publishing sources, as well as experts on self-publishing, book promotion, social media, and more. The keynote speeches, classes, and networking events all take place at the Mark Hopkins hotel over these four days. Also look out for after-hours open mics, poetry happenings, and pitch contests.
Dates: February 16 - 19
Trying to hit all the major attractions in San Francisco can be expensive, but fortunately you can purchase the San Francisco CityPass to save on your sightseeing adventures! This discount pass includes admission to three must-see stops: the California Academy of Sciences, the Aquarium of the Bay at Pier 39, and the Exploratorium (or you can opt for both the de Young Fine Arts Museum & the Legion of Honor instead of the Exploratorium). In addition, you can ride Muni public transit for free for 7 days and enjoy a 60-minute cruise on the bay.
Are you planning to visit San Francisco for the long President's Day Weekend? If so, you will find plenty of fun things to do including a wine tasting event, theater productions, and cruises around the bay.
This year is the 25th anniversary Noise Pop in San Francisco, a huge celebration of independent music, film, and art. Over 150 bands will play at different venues around the city, such as The Bottom of the Hill, Bimbo's, and the Great American Music Hall. This festival is well known for featuring emerging independent groups that have gone on to become big names, such as The White Stripes, Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, Jimmy Eat World, The Flaming Lips, and many more.
Dates: February 17 - 26
The classic Gothic tale of Frankenstein comes to life on stage like never before with an astonishing set and costumes that capture the richness of 18th century Geneva. And these details only accentuate the incredible original score by Lowell Liebermann, and beautiful choreography by Liam Scarlett, the youngest choreographer ever to be commissioned by The Royal Ballet for a full-length production. Click the link below to find additional details on these San Francisco events in February.
Dates: February 17 - 26
Head on over to one of SF's most famous museums to check out the fantastic exhibit "The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine," in which a team of scientists, doctors, and historians use state-of-the-art modern technology to explore and uncover long-held secrets about Egypt's mummies. The findings about one mummified man in particular, Irethorrou, reveal details about his lifestyle, his society, his religion, and funerary practices.
Dates: All month long
Wine lovers must not miss this wonderful opportunity! The Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting Event is the largest event in the world celebrating American varieties of wine. Spend this Saturday afternoon at the Fort Mason Center sampling the best wines in over 100 categories (selected from more than 5,000 submissions!). Along with your wine samples, you'll have the chance to try savory meats, exotic oils, handcrafted cheeses, and amazing desserts.
Date: Saturday, February 18
More: Additional details here
San Francisco's wildly popular original musical, Beach Blanket Babylon, represents the best of entertainment. This long-running and ever-changing musical has been poking fun at current events and pop culture since 1974. You'll love the outrageous performers in fantastic costumes and one of the show's best known elements--the huge, elaborate hats. This show sells out quickly, so plan ahead!
Dates: Wednesday through Sunday evenings
If you love art, technology, history, or gardening, you are in luck! San Francisco has several world-renowned museums featuring each of these themes, including the de Young Fine Arts Museum, Legion of Honor, Asian Art Museum, Exploratorium, California Academy of Sciences, Conservatory of Flowers, and more. And you can you visit each of them for free on designated days throughout the month! Check the schedule for free admission days.
Dates: Several in early February
Calendar: Dates and details here
Love a good Zin? Want to find out what makes this variety of wine so tasty and special? At the three-day ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates and Producers) Wine Festival, you have the chance to meet with the top producers of this lovely red and sample the best zinfandels around. Head over to the Bently Reserve and Pier 27 to enjoy this event.
Dates: February 23 - 25
Say you wake up in San Francisco on your dream vacation, but don't quite know where to start your day or how to pack in all your top priorities. That's where these one-day itineraries come in handy! Written from the experience of a local, designed for tourists who want to make the most of each day they have in the city, these itineraries guide you through the major highlights of the whole city or of specific neighborhoods, including transportation and places to grab tasty grub along the way.
Going to a show at the elegant Davies Symphony Hall in the Civic Center district is a great excuse to get a little dressed up, enjoy a nice dinner in the area, and attend one of SF's great cultural offerings. This month, the SF Symphony's performances include Beethoven's Ode to Joy, Lunar New Year Concert and Imperial Dinner, and Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet by renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Find more San Francisco events in February by clicking the link below!
Info: Full schedule here
Another one of the San Francisco events in February is the SF Orchid Society's biggest fundraiser. Previously held at the Fort Mason Center, it has become so popular it will now be held at the Cow Palace. For three days at the exposition, you will not only encounter thousands of beautiful orchids from around the world, but specialty plants, high quality gardening equipment, and landscaping materials as well. Go ahead and indulge your green thumb!
Dates: February 24 - 26
If you're a serious gamer and fascinated by how electronic games are made and where the industry is going, there is no better place to take it all in than at the annual GDC at SF's Moscone Center. With over 27,000 attendees, it's the world's largest professional game industry event. All week long, there will be forums, lectures, tutorials, and round-table discussions about the latest developments in gaming.
Dates: February 27 - March 3
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